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The following article appeared in the January 9, 2004 issue of

Collecting the Ruby Slippers of the Space World

 By Kevin Gale
Business Journal Staff Writer

Posted
January 9, 2004

    Richard Newman owns a video and DVD reproduction company, but he has a hobby from outer space.

   Newman collects space memorabilia, typically signed by astronauts or cosmonauts, including space suits, tools, test gear, control panels and even a cosmonauts original Russian driver's license.

   "He has the one-of-a-kind, the ruby slippers of the space world" said Joseph Cytacki, VP of program operations and exhibits at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science. "It's the largest collections of Russian (space) artifacts that I've seen"

   Newman recently received a picture showing cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko holding a sign greeting him from the International Space Station.

   As far as he knows, Newman has the world's largest private collection of space memorabilia.

    Newman's day job is as owner oh High-Tech Productions in Boca Raton. It has been around for nearly 30 years and has a blue chip list of clients including the FBI, Compaq, Boeing, Estee Lauder and NASA. It does about $1 million a year in business.

    Another endeavor has been establishing science centers - 15 so far - which includes parts of his collection plus donations by NASA and other sources. The South Florida locations are Seminole Scout Camp in Davie and the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School.

    Newman also has part of his collection on display at the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach and will open an exhibit February 14 at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale.

   The exhibit coincides with the IMAX film "Space Station 3D" which is narrated by Tom Cruise, Cytacki said. "Many of the artifacts Rick owns are in the film."

   For more information, call (561) 750-7000 or visit: www.HighTechScience.org


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